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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Human Services, Job Training, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: The Women’s Center promotes self-determination for women and families by providing professional services that build confidence, strengthen connections, and create positive change.

Results: Thanks to community and volunteer support, we helped: o 948 individuals connect with a counselor, job coach, financial adviser, or divorce specialist. o 192 lower-income clients with 2,300 sessions of personal counseling, problem-solving and advocacy at fees they could afford. o 540 callers with 852 community resources that they qualified for – such as dental services, housing, legal aid, primary care – in addition to our own. o an estimated 467 children, who benefited from the improved emotional and financial health of their mothers. Workers spent 104 hours in-person or on the phone in crisis counseling, suicide prevention, safety planning, and resource navigation.

Target demographics: Women, transgender folks, men, and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: Daughters, mothers, sisters, friends who experienced inequity related to gender, race, disability, income, and/or immigrant status.

Geographic areas served: Seven counties in the Southeastern Michigan area

Programs: Low-cost personal counseling, job and financial coaching, divorce support services, and help with community resources

Community Stories

143 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Ruthie S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a former intern (class of 2011) who returned to the center to help in anyway I could. The Women's Center is a safe place that I needed after leaving a very toxic job. I offer my help in anyway I can and the organization warmly accepts me and my efforts. The Women's Center does so much for so many! We offer counseling to those who are truly struggling. We have job coaching for those who need help with resumes and interview tips in this hard job market. If a woman is struggling with the end of a marriage or long-term partnership, we offer educational groups and a support group. When I had the privilege to offer counseling through The Women's Center, so many of my clients showed their appreciation for the therapy they received. The Women's Center does all it can to truly fulfill it's mission and I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to continue to support this wonderful organization!

2 MaryBeth2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been providing computer support (on and off) for the Women's Center for several years. I've witnessed the dedication, passion and commitment that the Center's staff have supporting their mission. Their passion is unflagging and contagious. I am proud to be able to support this wonderful group of staff and volunteers, who in turn provide such a valuable service to the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am PROUD to be the new Chair of The Women's Center of SE Michigan. I'm also the 'old'est chairperson as I was a co-founder and first Chair in 2000. This last year has been a very difficult one - financially - and, in fact, we had to briefly close our doors in June. But the tenacity of the staff, volunteer supervisors, interns, and a major donor brought me to my feet and, together, we're taking a stand! We have long recognized the need to become financially more sustainable, but how to do so and not compromise our principles was a difficult hurdle to cross. Together, we are on Journey 2.0. Together, we have developed an additional program, Room To Talk™, where licensed therapists trained by TWC in the past, will be able to provide services to insured individuals and where those who do not wish to use their insurance and/or have the ability to pay a reduced fee will be seen by limited licensed therapists. We hope to have this program fully launched by January, 2015. TWC is also in the process of working toward expansion of its many group programs. We can use your help! Please consider making a donation by going to our website: www.womenscentersemi.org. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful event to honor Jean Ledworth King last weekend! Over 250 people were present to honor her and to support the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan, shortly to be renamed the Jean L. King Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. The presentations clearly demonstrated the values that the Women's Center represents and the uniqueness of this organization that serves many hundreds of women, children and their families each year.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center has been such a wonderful place for not only the clients served but also the interns. The staff provides the most welcoming and warm environment for whoever walks into the door. Working there has been the most beautiful experience for me and my clients.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am currently an Intern at TWC from EMU. I was not sure if I was going to do internship over the summer, but the opportunity to interview came up and I decided to go for it. It was THE BEST decision I have made recently.. and I am honored to be a part of TWC. They are not only completely dedicated to the best services available to the community, but also an unbelievable group of women who epitomize strength, knowledge, and dedication to the profession. How fortunate am I to be a part of this organization?

2 Robin114

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan is a most welcoming place where people can seek counseling, as well as many other services and referrals. Helping people gain strength and healing during times of difficulty.

A unique model which offers service to anyone who can come to the center, and provides valuable intern opportunities for Master's level counseling students. A win/win model!

As a volunteer, I am impressed by the staff, board of directors and interns. The passion of the executive staff and the dedication of the interns is outstanding. I am proud to be part of such a professional organization that serves others with compassion.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an Intern at The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan I had no idea the many different things I would learn about myself nor about my clients. I am utterly amazed at the personal growth I have experienced while working at The Women's Center for only 5 short months. I have learned and began to craft and develop my abilities as a therapist and I am forever in debt to The Women's Center. My supervisor and the supporting staff at The Women's Center has encouraged me to explore different avenues with my clients but ultimately they have allowed me flourish and grow into my role as a therapist. The support here is second to none and I know I would not be the therapist I am now, if it weren't for The Women's Center. Thank you for everything!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer for the Women's Center for two years and have enjoyed the interaction I have with the staff as well as our clients. The Women's Center has been very instrumental in reaching out to the community to provide the necessary services needed for the women in this county.

Board Member

Rating: 5

TWC is a great organization that helps women build confidence and independence through programs offered at the center. TWC provides emotional support through counseling services and educational training through job coaching, tax progams and financial counseling. Please endorse and support TWC's dedication of providing emotional and economic self-determination for women, girls, and families.

3 Debbie37

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am farely new to the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan, but have already experienced many good things from this organization. Last year I was diagnosed withStage III breast cancer, and had undergone surgery, chemo, and radiation. I am self employed and have catastrophic insurance, and am currently struggling with finances and anxiety. The WCofSEM provided me with a counselor at a reduced co pay, and scheduled me for weekly appointments to help aid me in mental and emotional support. Kara has been wonderful to me and very helpful. She has provided sources to help me seek financial aid with my copays medications, and how to practice cognitive therapy. I am very lucky to have discovered this wonderful organization. I hope that other's that are in simuliar situations as I am are lucky enough to discover the WCofSEM.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Self determination can mean a lot of different things. Whether people are seeking ways to stay afloat financially, seeking a job, or struggling personally through a difficult time, the Women's Center is there. With everything from financial counseling to personal therapy, the staff, interns, and volunteers seek to give women and girls the confidence and knowledge to stand on their own feet and make the decisions that are best for them. Hundreds of women contact the center for referrals and direct help. The staff is so dedicated-- this is no 9 to 5 job for them. The staff and interns have a special dedication to women, and a passion for helping people as individuals, no matter where they are in their life. Even if someone just comes in to use the Clothes Closet (professional clothes for job interviews) or get more information in a divorce seminar, this organization changes lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Women's Center is dedicated to "self-determination" and expresses that in their service delivery, attitude toward clients, and volunteers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan has been one of the few organizations where I have been able to research jobs and educational information concerning schools of higher learning in a quiet and undisturbed setting. I appreciate the opportunity to explore necessary information on the computers in the library. The staff is always pleasant and helpful. Thank you for the people who have provided this facility.

Jo Ann P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Jean Ledwith King Women's Center of Southeast Michigan is one of the finest organization it has been my privilege to work with. Their care and concern for the community of women, children and families of all kinds is unsurpassed. Every action that they take is for the people they serve, and they are a true resource for women in need. I mostly work with Kim Cumming, but I see and feel her leadership and passion reflected throughout the organization in the way each one contributes their time and care for others who need it. We need to be there for each other in times of need. This organization does that.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former board member, I had firsthand insight into the administration of The Women's Center. The leadership's passion for this center's mission was matched by a thoughtful, conscientious stewardship of limited resources. The community views The Women's Center, rightly, as a true treasure.

SuperSampa

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the 10 years I have been volunteering at the Women's Center I have met many wonderful people that I count as friends and have learned a lot about the programs that are available to help people through difficult times. I look forward to going to the Women's Center each week and feel that I have gained as much in my own life as I have given in service. It is a wonderful, caring place that really lives up to the ideals of service and helping others.

Karen B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member, I experience the extreme dedication of individuals (staff, volunteers, board members, interns, donors) associated with the Women's Center. This dedication results from a tremendous sense of assisting the women and girls we serve in accomplishing important changes in their lives. In addition, individuals also really enjoy their involvement and interaction with the Women's Center's like-minded, compassionate community. As the lead of the board's strategic planning committee, I am proud of our history and our plans for the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined the Women's Center as a member of the Finance Committee and as Chair of the Steering Committee for our May fundraising event. I also just became a Board member. I have a strong background with non-profits in both consulting and board roles, and am very impressed by the Women's Center. The quality of the programs and the people is very high and very professional. The environment is very welcoming and serves our clients' needs well. We also play an important educational role with interns.

1 Kara K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm unsure of what to call myself at this organization, but I think volunteer best describes it. I have been volunteering here since January, and I can say from first-hand experience that this organization is really here to change people's lives for the better. Not only do we provide personal counseling, we also empower women by finding them resources as well as building skills in them to advocate for themselves. This organization really is one in a million and if you can volunteer, work, or even spend a minute at the Center, you will find that you too can make a difference in the lives of countless women.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very helpful people. They helped me to find job and get back on track after divorce.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I served on the board 2004-2010, as chair for the first three years, and continue as a volunteer, most recently as a co-chair for the Power of One event celebrating Jean Ledwith King. The Women's Center is unique and essential to our community, providing a safety net of comprehensive critical services under one roof and making them affordable. No one is turned away. The Center's work consists not only in providing human services, but more importantly in implementing a vision of social justice in terms of gender and socio-economic class. In spite of the current economy, the Center continues to deliver high quality services because, in part, it draws in professionals who volunteer their skills and time, which have a dollar value of 1.5 times the annual operating budget. In addition to direct programs and services, the Center has created a General Resources document in order to provide accurate responses to callers (3000 annually) needing critical information about food, shelter, medical care, etc. As a result the Center has become the go-to organization for other organizations that need to know how and where to refer their own callers and clients. The Center is unique and essential in our community in addressing the emotional and financial challenges of women who have nowhere else to go.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved in helping to paint and move the Women's Center to its new location. It was by far the most fun and rewarding experience I have ever had. Not only was everyone so great and helpful but they acknowledged your hard work. It is always great to be appreciated especially when you are moving large and heavy things.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just attended a gala event sponsored by the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. The event was part of their Power of One series and it honored Jean Ledwith King, an amazing women whose name will now be associated with the center. It was a wonderful, powerful evening and I was very impressed with the organization, dedication and commitment of the members of this group. I would not hesitate to donate to the women's center because of all of the services they provide to women, children and families of Michigan. During these tough economic times, the women's center is essential and it deserves the support of the community.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a nonprofit consultant I work with many organizations, and The Jean Ledwith King Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan is as good as they come. JLKWC has a strategic vision of where it wants to be and the staff and operational volunteers to see it through to fruition. Its commitment to mission and ongoing review of everything it does to avoid "mission-drift" is noteworthy.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be the Board Chair of The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. TWC provides its services on a sliding scale fee structure, and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. It is a vital community resource that is not a nonprofit luxury -- it is a community necessity. Along with our professional staff and cadre of volunteers, the Board of Directors is doing everything possible to ensure the long term sustainability of TWC so that it remains part of our community landscape for years to come. Everything we do at TWC is guided by three fundamental principles: increase confidence, increased competence, and increased connections. These principles are my constant motivation in my work with our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. One of the things that makes me most proud of TWC is the efficiency with which TWC raises the funds necessary to keep its doors open for clients. There is no unncessary "overhead" -- there is space where our staff and volunteers serve clients directly and there are minimal staff salaries to deliver the services to clients. When an individual makes a donation or a funder makes a grant to TWC, they can be confident that those funds are used efficiently to make a difference in the lives of clients. I am grateful beyond words for the staff, interns, volunteers and my board colleagues who give so much of themselves in order to make the work of the Center possible.

jenncornell

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan (TWC) for several years. My involvement and commitment has deepened the more that I learned about it and the work it does in our community. TWC helps women and families through affordable counseling, financial, legal, and job-related services. Its doors are open to individuals who want to change their lives emotionally, professionally, and financially. I continue to be impressed with TWC's responsibility and responsiveness to community needs.

Heather B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former counseling volunteer, I heartily support the The Women's Center. They provided me with knowledge, experience, training skills and friendship in a warm, supportive environment. I cherish my experiences with the Women's Center and hope to volunteer there again soon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the world of mental health care approximately 80%-90% of the publicly available funds go to programs that help approximately 10% of the most severely impacted people. That leaves a very large number of people in need of care and support but who cannot afford private practitioner rates. The Women's Center is one a very few agencies that help to fill that gap.

I came to the center as an intern while working on my MSW and found the Center to be one of the most amazing agencies I'd ever encountered. After finishing me degree I found I did not want to leave the Center, the experience had been so fulfilling and the work they do being so important in the community. I have since returned as a volunteer therapist to continue helping in the great work the Center does.

Erin L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was an intern with The Women's Center during my MSW program, and I can't imagine a better environment in which to develop myself as a therapist. The Women's Center's mission of empowering women and girls is apparent is all aspects of the organization, and it helped me to develop a therapeutic style that is genuinely centered around my clients' goals. The Center fosters an atmosphere that inspires confidence in everyone that walks through the door--staff, interns, volunteers, and clients alike.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a true honor to be associated with such a meaningful organization that is truly impacting our community. I've seen many people's lives changed through the varied programs offered by The Center. They're really making a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The women's Center is an phenomenal place to be! It is such a great agency that helps thousands of women and men a year. I've been an intern here for 2 semesters and I absolutely love the place. The Women's Center really has a high respect for clients and volunteers and everyone here tries to create a welcoming atmosphere for any one who walks in the door. It's an amazing place for the community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ever since I was an intern at The Women's Center 3 years ago it has been my life's mission to make the whole world more like this organization! There is simoply no place I have found that provides such supportive, dignified services in such a genuinely caring and respectful manner.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Women's Center (TWC) of Southeastern Michigan provides services that are otherwise sorely lacking in the community, and in some cases in the surrounding region. The small paid staff, troupe of interns and bevy of volunteers create an atmosphere of acceptance and empowerment that I have experienced no where else.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been an admirer of the Women's Center since it's embryonic days. I had the good fortune to serve two terms on the board, and have recently served as co-chair of an event that celebrated one of our nation's heroines--Jean Ledwith King--and the center's new name. In my years working with and on-behalf of the center, I've worked closely with the executive director Kim Cumming, gotten to know the staff and interns, and have seen first hand the powerful impact the center has made on our community. Drawing from its feminist values, the center is a fount of creativity, good will, brilliant management of limited resources, and unflinching dedication to the women, girls, and families in our community. The Jean Ledwith King Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan embodies the values and deep commitment to justice that Jean King's life exemplifies. I am proud of the Center and hold it out to all of us as benchmark for non-profits that truly 'walks its talk' and makes good things happen.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the front desk volunteer I see many women (and some men) come in for counseling looking glum or apprehensive and leaving with a smile on their faces. Clearly something is working right during their sessions.

The Women's Center also offers financial counseling and my heart goes out to the clients when I hear their needs requiring financial help. The Jobs Workshop also serves many people each week with help regarding resumes and job searches.

I am glad to be able to help such a worthy organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to The Women's Center when I was a mature student in a Master's of Social Work program with an idea for a program the community didn't have, information about the Earned Income Tax Credit and the assistance to help folks access this important tax credit for the working poor. A few years later I was hired and now am a staff member. The program is in it's eighth year, has a stable group of committed volunteers and scores of loyal and new clients every spring. This year we are establishing year round access to income tax preparation assistance. Individuals and families can electronically file current taxes with the support and encouragement of a knowledgeable, committed volunteer. Although it is a little more difficult we assist folks file past year taxes as well. I serve as the volunteer coordinator and we literally could not run our agency without our loyal, responsible, generous, and committed volunteers. I cannot say enough good things about them. I have been a social worker for over 30 years and this is one of the most responsible, concerned, committed agency I have ever worked at. I feel lucky to be employed at The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. We help women change their lives everyday and I find great joy and gratification from that fact.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at the Women's Center of SEM a few years ago, and I was a little nervous about working the front desk where calls would come in from sometimes desperate women who needed help; help with living expenses, help with a divorce or abusive spouse, help with taxes, help with a legal problem,help finding a job. You name it,the Women's Center received the calls. But there are so many resources out there, and if the Women's Center staff, volunteers and counselors couldn't actually provide the help needed, we were able to connect callers up with someone who could. It was very rewarding work, and I often left for the day feeling like I had really helped someone in need. I think the staff is fabulous and very caring, and they show every day how much they value volunteers. It's gotta be the best place in town to volunteer!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The women were a delight to work with and really appreciate our support. I just know that the money we raised is going to an amazing cause. I see the results first hand with new programs such as the free legal clinic for women.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped the staff and other volunteers get the Center's new space ready in the summer of 2009, largely by helping with painting. This brought me into informal contact with Center staff and volunteers. The center has attracted a very high-quality and high-energy staff and volunteer following! As this is a Women's Center, I myself am not part of their audience, but I can see from the people that are collected there that they bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to their tasks and goals. If I were a woman and in need of the services provided at the Center, I would find the opportunities, support and people breath-taking, I have to say.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to watch the Women's Center grow over the past6-7 years. They have touched the lives of many people in a positive direction, including myself. The Women's Center has a staff of some truly amazing people that are there out of the goodness of their hearts to help people. The Women's Center is an honest hard working organization that is affordable and gives people hope and a chance that they thought they didn't have. I will continue to support the Women's Center anyway that I can.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sorority supports the mission of The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. I was the Vice President of Philanthropy. I organized girls working in their office and organized a silent auction for their orgainzation, where we were able to raise 20,000 dollars. I was so motivated by working at their office once a week for 2 years that I was determined to make as much for them as possible. They have a wonderful office that services a great deal of struggling women.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked on financial statement audits of Women's Center for several years, and have always found them to be good stewards of donated funds. They take internal controls seriously, and have implemented our suggestions for improving controls.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I felt that the Women's Center was a comfortable and enjoyable environment where anyone who came would feel welcome. The people I volunteered with were very nice and always helpful. The women and men walked out of the Women's Center relieved and happy at what they had accomplished with the help of the tax coach.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteers assist individuals and families in doing their own tax returns to take full advantage of all the available deductions and credits that they are eligible for. Teaching them how to use Turbo tax so they can complete their own return in the future. In some cases correcting prior year returns to get the largest refund available and getting clients caught up with all their tax refunds. Empowering clients to learn this skill to use in the future.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center is a wonderful organization. My perspective is that of a current clinical intern but I have learned so much and the supervision/clinical experience provided by The Women's Center has been exceptional. The greatest part is to see the impact that The Women's Center has on clients in the community. The Women's Center offers a variety of services and really is a very important resource in the community. To see how clients are helped and empowered by The Women's Center has been truly amazing! It's difficult to imagine this community without this vital resource.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center provides much needed and affordable services to women and their families and is a wonderful place to volunteer. Both clients and volunteers are treated with great respect and regard. Programs are in place to help low-income women navigate the complex modern world, including personal, financial, legal and divorce counseling. A tax program helps clients complete their income tax returns every year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan for the past eight years. During that time I have been involved with the the tax program, flower pick up & arrangement, & in 2009 was a hostess at the May fundraiser. I am honored & enlightened to be involved with such an exemplary, efficient & outstanding non-profit agency providing a host of services to the men, women & children in our community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan is an amazing resource for our community! I learned of this resource through a colleague who volunteers her time with the Center, and I was immediately impressed by the professionalism and kindness of all of the volunteers, staff members, and Board members that I met. I helped organize a fundraiser for the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan, and through this experience had the opportunity to meet even more members of this wonderful organization. I was treated to a tour of their lovely new facility, and, again, was continually impressed by the dedication and true kindness of everyone associated with the Center. I look forward to volunteering with the Center soon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The income tax program provides income tax preparation for clients via free Turbotax. Counselors assist clients with tax questions, running the program and filing electronically or by mail. Time spent with the client is not limited. Counselors will work with the client until taxes are finished. Refreshments and a friendly atmosphere add to the experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan changed my life, and it also changed how I view and treat other women. I felt like I could trust everyone from the counselor who helped me to the receptionist who greeted me every week. In order to do the work that they do you have to be extremely devoted to you job and to the people that you help. The Women's center goes above and beyond devotion.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A wonderful experience for me being part of this hard working and seriously focused group of people striving to make The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan flourish and grow. This is presently a local group in Ann Arbor helping women find a new direction for their lives from professional staff and many volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this organization to be totally dedicated to helping women from all walks of life: poor, well-off but controlled and helpless before domineering men; deeply depressed, scared, threatened and helpless. They have come out of the Women's Center feeling more confident, knowing what to do, taking control of their lives and also willing to help others. They have found out information, and they have found camaraderie and support. It's a fabulous organization.

4

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff, interns, and volunteers at The Women's Center were very helpful and welcoming. The Center's mission is wonderful, and it inspired me to seek employment in a similar agency after my internship was finished. The community support of The Women's Center is a testament to its mission and efficacy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women’s Center offers hope and so many important resources. I have seen people at the end of their ropes who came to TWC and found an empathetic listener, resources they didn’t know existed, or even just a place to take a deep breath and regroup. Some have said they could not have lived without it. What a difference TWC makes in women’s lives. I also had the honor of working with clients on a long term basis. Being part of a clients cathartic transformation through hard and persistent therapeutic work was a truly rewarding experience for me as a clinician, one I will not forget. Through the help they seek out at The Women’s Center many women discover they have choices in their lives, sometimes for the first time. I have been witness to the fact that the ability to make seemingly simple decisions can have a great impact on the power a woman feels she has in her world and what she can do with that power. I have also witnessed women find a more concrete sense of themselves, who they are and what they have to offer the world from a more empowered point of view. Simply put The Women's Center changes lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Women'Center of Southeastern Michigan is an awesome agency! First, they serve clients in a caring way that is rarely seen in public agencies these days. Second, they offer our counseling students wonderful opportunities to work with clients, to receive ourstanding supervision, and to experience all levels of how an agency functions. They are remarkable!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to the Woman’s Center when I helped out with an auction a couple of years ago. My friend was working at the time and asked if I could give a hand. I was instantly blown away by the kindness, dedication, and authenticity of not only every member, volunteer and employee of the Woman’s Center, but also by the entire goal and purpose of the organization as well. Since then, I’ve volunteered multiple times and helped others utilize their services. As a high school teacher working with at-risk students, I often refer kids to the Woman’s Center for counseling knowing full well that each individual will get thoughtfully placed with an effective match, and that regardless of insurance, they will find a way to get these students the help they need. I’ve also maintained contact and dialog with the staff (particularly their wonderful director), and the advice, tips, and encouragement I’ve received for working with at-risk students has been invaluable. I’ve seen, and worked with, a great deal of non-profit organizations throughout the years, but never have I been so impressed and moved by the grassroots work done by the Woman’s Center. Quite simply, they are passionately dedicated to helping others, they give hope to those in need, and they truly make the kind of difference that changes lives. I am honored to have been a part of the Woman’s Center of Ann Arbor and look forward to helping out in any way I can for years and years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former intern of The Women's Center, I can personally attest to the welcoming and professional environment that is offered to all who come in. The interns are always very impressive and the staff is truely amazing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Women's Center of Southeast Michigan has been a great partner in my sorority's philanthropy. The volunteers and staff of the center have always done their best to work well with our members. They have also always shown amazing gratitude for our gifts.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an easy place for both women and men to get help, even though the programs are designed specifically to empower women. I first came to The Women's Center because I was feeling stuck. Over the years, I have seen that this is not unusual. Many of us feel stuck for any number of reasons: relationship problems, care-giving challenges, strained finances, overwhelming responsibilities, and limited decision-making power. The results are the same: Emotional paralysis. Anger. Depression. Anxiety. Identifying our strengths is the first step in getting "unstuck." Women's Center volunteers and staff are committed to helping people build on their best qualities, and this encouraging attitude is evident in their relationships with program participants and with each other. Many volunteers are former clients like myself, who know how critical low-cost, accessible support can be.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What makes The Women's Center so special is the show of respect paid to all who pass through the doors. What this kind of respect looks like in service delivery, is holding an awareness of clients as so much bigger than their particular problem. From the amazing staff to the dedicated volunteers and student interns, clients passing through these doors experience, many for the first time, a sense of their own worthiness as human beings. What a way to begin healing.

5

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center truly allows people in need to receive not only practical support, but respect and dignity at a time when they may feel alone and hopeless. I remember my time at TWC with only fond memories of being able to be a part of something SO much more than just an internship that I was doing to get my hours. It was a place where I grew professionally and personally. Support abounded and allowed me to become who I am today in the work world AND in my life as a whole. I was only there for a year, but I feel that year has allowed me to go into the mental health field as a graduate and have a good perspective regarding our work. I constantly draw from that experience on my job today, sometimes without even realizing it. I see the importance of empowering clients and remembering that we are not "above" them but assisting them, working together, in ways that allow them to reach their full potential - the potential that they are now able to see and want for their own lives. I am grateful for this perspective because this is a challenging field to work in and it is easy to see how people can get 'burned out' after awhile. The staff at TWC are extremely dedicated, sincere and a joy to know. The clients are able to come to the Center and find what they are looking for - be it food, career clothing, tax assistance, counseling...the list goes on. At TWC, I saw how important it can be to have someone who will listen to you - which we may sometimes take for granted. Many of us may not realize just how much having a nonjudgmental, caring person to talk to can open up parts of ourselves -- open up ways of understanding and new perspectives that may have never occurred to us without a safe place. I recommend The Women's Center as that 'safe place' to prospecting interns and women in our communities alike. It is truly an inspiring environment in which to grow. Thanks to The Women's Center for all they do for the people in our communities and our aspiring social workers/counselors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Women's Center is one of those organizations that is forever in touch with its mission to help women and their families. They live it, they breathe it. There is little hierarchy. Clients, interns, staff, leadership are all invited to participate in making sure that services are being performed to the best of their abilities. Whether it is how the phones are answered, how the specific needs of a client are attended to - such as practical services, clothes for an interview, the type of therapy that would best suit them, tax help, a variety of support groups that are found no where else in the county, books to check out, or having a cup of coffee - the staff works to make sure that all are supported and empowered as much as possible so that they can get to a better place. I learned so much as an intern there and it has made me a better counselor today.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 65 year 'young' woman who has had the good fortune of a good life, but it wasn't always this way. When I needed urgent help and long-term guidance, there was no such organization around. Later, when I had the opportunity to participate in creating an organization that helps to empower women and girls, I jumped on the bandwagon (10 years ago). I am very proud of The Women's Center - last year, we assisted over 700 women providing counseling and referral services through a unique method of working with our local academic institutions educating social workers, psychologists, etc. who need training. We leverage our Master's level social worker employees who supervise the work of the trainees. We are actively engaged in the community and work collaboratively with many other organizations to effect change.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an organization that really "walks its talk" and lives true to its mission. I am continuously impressed by how much they do on so little, in large part because of the multi-talented, incredibly dedicated staff, and in large part because of its incomparable volunteer cadre - including its deeply committed board of directors. I continue to be inspired by The Women's Center's dedication, professionalism, integrity, and commitment to living its values.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

this is the finest organization of its type in the area. and lots of people depend on their services. it's friendly, homey, and professional all at the same time. they deserve a 5 star rating. and the staff is the utmost, with quality people everywhere. can't say enough about this facility. very caring, sharing, and fabulous . even to the point of bring a dog in for a therapy session with a client that wouldn't speak to humans!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

it is a very warm, welcoming place. Provides a great raaprt with other women. A truly inspiring place and am proud to supprt such an organization